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Posted 09 December 2003 - 07:28 PM
A month or so ago i wrote an article as a response to a post on here entitled smart cold calling. The article was written just the way i always write, with lousy grammar, and lousy punctuation, but straight from the horses mouth so to speak
Anyhow it took about 45 minutes to throw it together, and throw it into a page that didnt hurt the eyes too much, i posted it on a sub folder on my site to make life easier.
While checking my logs just now i noticed i was getting traffic for weird stuff to do with sales, in fact 15 (WOW) visits for 'smart cold calling' plus lots of other combinations, about 50 in all this week.
Now this page has been thrown together, has NO outbound links other than to this site and Bridgetts (dragon lady) the only link in was when i posted it here to be followed, and it ranks #1 for the phrase 'smart cold calling' how mad is that? ok so there are only 200K results but it is still there 4 places above microsoft bcentral lol and 2 places above a PR5.
This is not a gloat, it was just luck, the article is at lucky page .
Posted 09 December 2003 - 09:05 PM
Posted 09 December 2003 - 10:50 PM
It's not even the version I edited. Where did that one end up getting posted, anyway?
I pointed a great deal of traffic at that thread, actually-- lots of people have been asking about that sort of thing. (Reminds self to finish those articles about starting business.)
Posted 10 December 2003 - 03:53 AM
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Posted 10 December 2003 - 09:34 AM
Posted 10 December 2003 - 09:38 AM
And I know for sure that is wasn't a pure luck. Because I have an opportunity to check.
Let me explain a bit. Our main office is based in Kent, UK, but the team works offshore, myself included. It is only natural that we run another site for our compatriots. A bit of promotion won't hurt, so I use it to check everything I learn about SEO. And the article in question was written first in Russian and added to our local site. Our great technical professional who wrote it never troubled his mind about SEO, that's for sure. Then I translated it, nearly word for word, and added it to our English site, but it happened so that I never send it to an English copywriter who used to work with me, for review. So it remains a typical case of 'lousy grammar and lousy punctuation'. I will fix it soon, of cource. Though people seem to like it as it is and sometimes even add it to their Favs.
Than Florida happened. And I suddenly noticed that lots of users started visiting this page. I checked our web log file and found out that they all came from Google, though the key phrases were different in each case. I tried to search for 'back refresh button', and it was #3. Other keyword combinations give us from #1 to #20, #3 in most cases. And it has no backlinks, except a sole 'read more' on the same site (I don't think it is a sign of a bad page, though, as searchers do not care for backlinks when they find what they wish to find). When it all happened it had PR0 value (for the reason of enabled PHPSESSID). It has its 4/10 now, but the #3 position in search results remains unchanged.
That could be a pure luck. But I performed the same search with the 'button' word replaced with its Russian equivalent. I got several different pages containing our article (it is well published on the RuNet). Starting from #1. It cannot be just a coincident, can it? There must be something in all these cases that might help us to solve the Florida riddle. It is something of SEO's tomorrow (or tommorrow's SEO, perhaps).
Or am I wrong?
Now I don't know what to do. We've got a new version of this article now, and it is written by a professional. The facts are the same, but the phraseology is different. I have added it to the beta version of our future new site. But there is no guarantee that old G will like it as it likes our old version. Should I add them both to a new site and set up a poll for visitors to vote for the one they like best?
Posted 10 December 2003 - 11:19 AM
Being helpful and not grasping can be an invaluable part of branding yourself. Also, establishing yourself as an authority-- I think Jill's done very well by freely sharing her information.
I need some more work before I can be like that. I'm writing all kinds of helpful articles, but I'm going to put Adsense up on them. Because I am trying to avoid having to move back into my parents' garage.
Irony, I'm not quite sure what you're getting at, but I would recommend that you shouldn't put both articles up-- if they're similar enough, you might get a duplicate-content filter. So be careful with that.
Posted 10 December 2003 - 03:25 PM
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Posted 11 December 2003 - 01:25 AM
As a humble newbie who wishes to grow into an expert some day, I keep my mind open to everything. And I do appreciate your help. Thanks again.
Posted 11 December 2003 - 11:58 AM
Adsense is definitely a good idea-- I wonder how it would work if you only had it on one page. Well-- might be worth checking out!
Which is really what i like about the idea of Adsense-- it can be a direct, tangible, immediate reward for making really valuable and interesting content available freely online. It just seems like instant karma. It's what I'm hoping for, anyway. Because I'm helpless at selling my information.
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